Take Camping To The Next Level of Comfort With The Outbacker Firebox Tent Stove from Bell Tent Boutique
Outbacker® ‘Firebox’ Tent Stove
£169.99 from Bell Tent Boutique
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- Lightweight, portable log burner (12kg)
- Glass window in door
- 60mm stainless steel flue pipe with built in spark arrestor
- Square stove with slide-out grate
- Flue sections can be packed away and stored inside
- Folding legs
- Optional accessories including a water boiler available
The stove with all of the flue pipes ready to be assembled
What we thought
We were expecting the stove to be bigger and heavier, but when it arrived we were very pleasantly surprised by it’s portability. It also comes with a bag, making it perfect for transporting to and from the campsite.
Our bell tent already has a flashing kit fitted and the canvas has already been specially treated, but even so, when it comes to using a wood burner, we don’t take any chances. A previous wood burner we’ve used came with a metal plate that the burner stood in, which provided a bit of added security in case anything hot were to fall out with the door open.
The removable ash grate
The Outbacker doesn’t come with a metal plate to sit on, so we placed it on top of a rubber mat, with two fire-retardant treated rag rugs over the top, just to be on the safe side, though once lit however, there really is no need to open the door and risk anything falling out.
We removed all the flue pipes from inside the stove, folded out the legs at the bottom and aligned it roughly beneath our flashing kit before slotting the flue pipes together.
Folding out the bottom legs
Initially we were slightly bamboozled, as each of the flue sections has a thin end and a large end, so the process of slotting them together seemed quite straight forward, until we ended up with two thin ends, and then two thick ends…then we noticed a missing flue section with two thick ends, added that, and bingo, the flue was made.
Pushing the spark arrestor through the flashing kit
All set up and ready to use
Once set up, we waited for nightfall and the temperature to drop before popping in a fire log and lighting it. There is a little glass window on the front of the door so you can see how the fire is doing once lit, and there’s a circular vent on the door too which can be opened and closed to control airflow. We noticed an orange glow in the first section of flue, and realised it was burning too hot, so we completely closed off the vent which brought the temperature back down a little.
With our enormous 6m bell, the stove didn’t take up too much space, and using one fire log (£1.99 from B&M) we enjoyed over 3 hours of heat, producing a noticeable increase in temperature, and glorious warmth when snuggled up next to it.
Lighter and smaller to transport than you might think, the Outbacker Firebox is ideal for bell tent owners who don’t want to be restricted to camping in the summer months, or for those who’d like to create a cosy refuge on chilly evenings, and we can’t recommend it enough.
Once you have your flashing kit in place (you can purchase a flashing kit separately if your bell tent doesn’t already have one), it’s quick and easy to set up and we found it very effective at increasing the temperature inside our bell tent. The removable ash grate made it easy to clean, and we think it makes a brilliant addition to our camping set up.
Stove set up with our carbon monoxide alarm, fire blanket, fire extinguiser and heat proof gloves close by
If you are thinking of getting a wood burner you’ll need to find out whether your tent is fire retardant. If it isn’t you can buy a spray to treat the fabric yourself. We also strongly recommend that you buy a small fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide alarm and please remember, that you should ensure your flue is fitted correctly and that your tent is still ventilated during use. Find more general advice on using a wood burner inside a bell tent here.
Thank you to Bell Tent Boutique who supplied the featured product for us to test.